Town Creek Park and Twin Falls Trail
But first, I stopped at SC 186 at the Saluda River to take a photo of Old Earls Bridge, a historic steel truss bridge spanning the Saluda River a few hundred yards downstream of the current concrete one.
My second stop was the Town Creek Park in the city of Pickens, SC. The park is home to the Playground of Promise, a popular playground if my visit was any indication, and to Town Creek Trail, the reason for my visit.
The approximate location of the parking lot entrance is marked on the map:
Waterfall Trail, begins at the parking area at the end of Water Falls Road. (added 04/02/2012)
After parking my car and retrieving my gear, I walk past the gate and follow the plentifully marked blue blazes (no bad jokes please) to the trailhead.
more railroad ruins.
I made what turned out to be my last planned stop at the other end of Cleo Chapman Highway where a marker to Cleo Chapman stands.
On the way home, I saw an abandoned business from the road. Like house ruins, I find these hard to resist and so I had to stop. The rain was still falling, so I rolled down my window and took this photo:
I passed through Pumpkintown on the way home, and it would have made a nice quick photo stop, except the downpour had resumed so I had to keep going.
You can see all of my photos from this trip I've shared in an album on Flickr.
References and Further Reading
- Photo of Old Earls Bridge by bearden82 on Panoramio.
- Town Creek Trail map by the S. C. Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism
- Town Creek Park Trail Master Plan prepared by Ride Garder.
- "Jocasee Gorges included in new book 'Mosaic: 21 Special Places in the Carolinas'" by Tommy Wyche in Jocasee Journal Volume 3, Number 1.
- "Duke Power's in Jocassee stretches back to 1913" by Tommy Wyche in Jocasee Journal Volume 3, number 2.
- "New trail open along Reedy Cove Creek" in Jocasee Journal Volume 10, number 2.
Update 2017-03-25: Changed images over to the Lightroom processed photos on Flickr.